Wednesday, December 3, 2014

John William Law, Author Of ‘Who Nuked The Duke?’ Chosen As Finalist For '50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading'

Law was chosen from a field of hundreds of authors who appeared on The Authors Show Radio in 2014. Law's book contends that nuclear fallout in St. George, Utah contributed to the death of John Wayne and others who worked in the area while filming 'The Conquerer'

John William Law, author of 'Who Nuked The Duke?' has been chosen as a finalist for '50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading'. Winners will appear in the 2014-2015 edition of the book. Law was chosen as the result of his appearance on The Authors Show Radio.

“The morning of May 19, 1953 started off a bit overcast, but overall an ordinary spring day for the residents of St. George, Utah,” says Law. “But it was far from that. In fact, it would be a day that would mark a dramatic change for the community and anyone who might inhabit the local surroundings for the foreseeable future.”

John Wayne's epic film, 'The Conqueror' was filmed in Snow Canyon, Utah. “The movie was filmed largely in an area called Snow Canyon, a place that acted, in many ways, as a reservoir for nuclear fallout,” says Law. “Because the government would only support nuclear detonations when winds were directing blasts away from Los Angeles or Las Vegas, Utah became immediate focal point for collecting nuclear debris after the blasts.” Law writes that even though the cast and crew of 'The Conqueror' would not set foot in Utah for another year, the deadly fallout had already amassed in the area where the film would be shot and the intensity of the radioactive area spelled doom for not only the movie stars, but for the supporting cast, crew and local community that came out as film extras or to watch the stars at work.

"I'm honored," Law stated, "to be recognized as one of the 50 great writers of 2014. And it's especially rewarding for my work 'Who Nuked The Duke?' because it was a 10 year effort that I put so much of myself into."

'Who Nuked the Duke?' was named best General Non-Fiction book in the 2014 San Francisco Book Festival and won the award for National Indie Excellence for Performing Arts books in 2014. The book was also a finalist for best performing arts book of 2014 for USA Book News Best Book Awards and earned an honorable mention for non fiction titles in the Royal Dragonfly Book Competition.

"The book," Law concluded, "is also a look at the nuclear testing program and its impact on a community, under the guise of patriotism and government security and secrecy."

John William Law is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at Books are available in print and ebook versions at Amazon and wherever books are sold. Members of the public who wish to vote may do so at The Authors Show site. More information is available at the publisher's website at

About John William Law:

John William Law is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduate of Temple University's School of Journalism and Communications. He has worked as a reporter and editor for daily, weekly and monthly news publications and is the author of numerous books including "Alfred Hitchcock: The Icon Years," "Curse of the Silver Screen" and "What Ever Happened to Mommie Dearest?". His book "Alfred Hitchcock: The Icon Years" was named Best Non-Fiction: Biography in 2011 in a national book competition.


John William Law